Yesterday HP, eventually, burst in the huge announcement of webOS and it is possible to tell that the company managed to amaze the press and the public. In the course of a special event the last head of Palm John Rubenstein (Jon Rubinstein) operating now own former company as one of divisions of HP, presented new products on the basis of webOS in the middle of which there is long ago an expected tablet of TouchPad, pair of new phones and, of course, refreshed webOS version, even two: webOS 2.2 for phones and webOS 3.0 for tablets. It should be noted that the company presented not separate devices and a platform, and the whole ecosystem of the goods, capable it is simple to conduct interaction together at level, which yet достигнула even Apple.
I will begin, perhaps, with phones. HP Veer and HP Pre 3 are very similar at each other outside and to the predecessor of Palm Pre 2, by the way, too, but it devices of various classes. Direct attention to that fact that in the title of devices there is no Palm brand. It seems that about it it is possible to forget already, there was only HP which has bought last year the legendary company for $1,2 billion.
HP Veer is executed in a form factor of a vertical slider with the hardware QWERTY-keyboard, outside remembers sea pebble, well and in the sizes not so differs from the average sizes of a pebble or a pack of playing cards (84х54,5х15,1 mm, 103 g). In the device unique Palm style is looked through, after all the former employees of the company and worked over it. HP did not dismiss and did not reorganize the purchase, in it there was no need. The progressive mobile platform and the team was necessary to the company, capable it to develop and advance. She received all this in the person of Palm. As I mentioned above, even the CEO companies remained on own former place, the title of its position exchanged only.
So, Veer very small, but the most powerful. Phone contains the 2,57-inch LCD display protected by glass with permission of 320х400 points, the Snapdragon MSM7230 microprocessor with frequency of 800 MHz, 8 GB a flash memory and 512 MB of an operativka. It from аккума eats capacity 910 мАч. That will be completely enough for a device with so small screen. After all specifically the screen is the most gluttonous component in modern phones. The socket for charger and USB connection date cable — it magnetic is curiously realized, works by Apple MagSafe principle, the known each owner of MacBook.
Communicative abilities at the kid at level of the best phones: HSPA + is supported, there are Wi-fi modules 802.11b/g/n and Blyutuz 2.1+EDR, the GPS receiver, function of transformation of phone in a point of access of Wi-fi (that users of iPhone will receive in iOS 4.3). The chamber in the device only one. It is placed on the back panel, deprived of an auto focus, but possesses a 5-megapixel matrix. It is so called EDoF-module with advanced focal lines (all objects in a shot at distance from 50 cm and indefinitely will be in focus). Good, in general, development for cheap chambers. By the way similar modules are established in the last Nokia phones: E7, C7 and C6-01. Generally, HP Veer — is real, but very small phone with a high-quality operating system about which abilities we will have a talk is sensitive later.
HP Pre 3 is the device absolutely other class and it is essential bigger, than HP Veer (111х64х16 mm, 156 g). In this terminal the 3,58-inch LCD display with permission of 480х800 points, the Qualcomm MSM 8×55 microprocessor with frequency of 1,4 GHz that 512 MB of an operativka and 8 or 16 GB a flash memory are a record in the industry, is used. Except GSM devices there will be models with support of the EVDO Rev A networks. The chamber in the device more darling with an auto focus, flash, function of record of HD video (720p) though the matrix remained 5-megapixel. Also on the face-to-face panel there is a VGA chamber for a video chat.
Both phones own the opaque plastic case with metal elements (buttons of management of loudness, a loudspeaker grid on the back panel in Veer) and support a wireless charging through a firm docking station of Touchstone. Devices are rather fascinating at a technological level, but especially run wild ecstasy do not cause. Much more entertaining them a program platform, as used and in TouchPad tablet. webOS as a part of the first Pre phone was the most severe rival of iOS as in respect of convenience of operation, and functionality. Thus it surpassed development of Apple in the basic abilities. In own last reincarnation of iOS received mass of new functions, support of a mode of a mnogozadachnost, but after all webOS 2.2/3.0, on my view, it appeared more fascinating decision. I wish to note that I judge not a program saturation of platforms, here with its App Store not enough who can oppose to Apple something, and about basic functionality and convenience of operation. For a start I suggest to have a look Engadget roller in what a number of very nice features of TouchPad and webOS 3.0 (similar abilities are and in webOS 2.2) is shown:
That me in quite good sense of this expression, so it how work in a mnogozadachnost mode is realized practically "tore". I tell it as the active user of iPad, thus not only only as an entertaining device and the working tool. With release of iOS 4.2.1 tablets of Apple changed, to work with it it became much more convenient, but webOS — it something. I personally quite often have a situation when you start to type on a tablet the letter, and here suddenly it is required to come back to Mail.app, to copy a certain text or адресок, to thrust it in the sent message. It is necessary to reap the cancellation button, to keep "draft copy", to copy the suitable text, ворачиваться to a draft copy, to
insert the text and then already to send the ready letter. In other words, having started to create the message, I practically block Mail.app.
In webOS everything is realized much more gracefully. When you start to create the letter, the new window which settles down in a stack near an e-mail client reveals. Wish to come back to it — caused a task manager, chose from a stack an aaplet. It is possible at desire to start to create the new letter, then in a stack of an e-mail client there will be the next window. Ran across in any of messages according to the reference — the window with the web browser revealed and it also joins a stack with an e-mail client. And if, for example, in parallel you work with the document and in it there are references, transition to them will open a window of the browser which will be attached to a stack with the editor of the text. At all this it is possible to pass simply to a stack of an e-mail client in what there is own window of the browser. Such system very much also is very comfortable for work and iOS in this case with the scanty task manager and a row did not lie. Android 3.0, by the way, too.
The system of notifications in webOS 3.0 too is very presentable and something remembers Growl for Mac OS X. When there is any event, in the right top corner there is a small window with a suitable content. With it it is possible to conduct interaction, for example, to see title of letters and senders, to read the SMS — yes, TouchPad can conduct interaction with phone for work with text messages and not only only. The Touch to Share function allows, having touched tablet Pre3, to transfer the image, the electric letter or the reference. All this works in both parties. Let’s take, for example, a situation when behind a tablet active web surfing is carried out and here suddenly it was useful to leave. Touched with phone of a tablet, pair of seconds and here on Pre3 is already open the browser with that web page which was studied on TouchPad. But it is better to behold once, than many times to read, so we look:
Direct interaction between a tablet and phone — it only began. At HP huge plans for webOS, so huge that it plans to use this operating system in own printers, laptops and the desktop personal computers, thus we will see the 1st products this year. Sending of documents on the press by air outright from a tablet or phone is already realized within the current releases of webOS. And with an exit of this OS to the computer market the brand new era for HP and its production can begin.
By the way, it is necessary to mention that webOS supports «great and awful» Adobe Flash. It is possible is long to argue on a subject that is the bad development not adapted for touch devices that it unstably works, is buggy etc., but nevertheless I personally had situations when Flash was necessary on iPad and not for viewing of films in online, and for work (for example when it is required for understanding of that or another announcements to see a videoclip, and it on Flash, well and in this article is Flash-video). Besides devices everything become stronger, in them support of hardware acceleration of Flash (NVIDIA Tegra 2 it is able, new Qualcomm microprocessors too) so the question with productivity any more does not cost is realized. Adobe on a place too is not trampled down. The last update of Flash Player for Mac very much pleased. It is sure, and for portable devices the turn will reach the version.
Well, we wished the competition in the market of tablets — we received it. webOS — is the powerful player who plays by the rules, without trying to catch up or overtake someone. Time of races for the Palm team came to the end after it got access to the bolshushchy monetary and technical HP resources. Palm — is the pioneer of the PDA market and phones. In Windows Mobile principles and the ideas for the first time offered by Palm in due time were applied, here only Microsoft on these ideas and got stuck directly to Windows Mobile 6.5, and the rival moved further. Being the unprofitable company, Palm could make webOS. However, resources did not suffice to develop furor, did not calculate forces, but the market nevertheless stirred up. And now the company has means, there is time and there is a magnificent base for conquest of the market and it is excellent. As at some instant the best ideas will be picked up by rivals and realized in their own platforms. Despite of all convenience of webOS, iOS … after all is closer to me while is closer. But if the Apple "drags out", adding in the platform on «a big tasty bun» once a year (support of postoroniy appendices> a text copying/insert> a mnogozadachnost>?), that almost everything can exchange very much.
It is a pity only that the announced products of HP will enter the market only in the summer of this year, and by then they should fight with iPad 2, Motorola XOOM, RIM PlayBook, maybe, with iPhone 5 and a heap of superbackgrounds on the basis of Android.